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Mon, 26 Apr 2021 17:00:00 +0100

Viewpoint Read our recap of episode one of ITV drama , starring Noel Clarke and Alexandra Roach, including all the questions and theories

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Will Martin get caught in his lie?

*Warning: spoilers ahead for Viewpoint episode one*

ITV surveillance thriller Viewpoint began on Monday night, with the following episodes stripped across the week.

The five-part drama – which features Noel Clarke as DC Martin Young in its cast – began with the disappearance of a young primary school teacher, Gemma Hillman.

Days after she goes missing, surveillance operative DC Martin Young (Clarke) is ordered to set up an observation post in the home of single mum Zoe (Alexandra Roach), whose flat overlooks the home that Gemma shares with her boyfriend (and prime suspect) Greg Sullivan.

We’ve unpacked tonight’s instalment, breaking down some of the key questions and theories that have come up after the events of Viewpoint episode one.

Viewpoint episode one introduced us to DC Martin Young, a buttoned-up police surveillance detective, and his work partner DC Stella Beckett.

They set up an observation post in the home of Zoe Sterling, a good-natured single mother whose Manchester flat just happens to have a clear view into the home that Gemma lives in with partner Greg (now a suspect in his girlfriend’s disappearance). If you’re interested in where Viewpoint was filmed, you can take a look at our location guide.

Martin is tasked with watching Greg’s flat throughout the night, but an emergency call about his son going into hospital means that he abandons his post – just before a mysterious woman pays Greg a visit.

Luckily Zoe has snuck into the room where Martin set up his equipment, and manages to get a good look at the woman before providing Martin with an e-fit and covering for him.

The pair’s shared secret brings them closer together, but all that appears to be jeopardised in the final moments of the episode, when Greg invites Zoe into his flat for a chat, and she follows him in (despite Martin’s desperate phone calls to stop her).

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Martin goes into Manchester CID to provide a report about the mysterious woman, showing the assembled officers the e-fit (which he lies about, saying that he saw the woman himself).

The atmosphere is distinctly chilly, and Martin has a graphic flashback involving DC Hayley Jones – it seems that Martin may have made a past error that left Hayley in a wheelchair.

So far Martin has managed to maintain his lie, but what will happen if he has to formally identify the mysterious woman in a line-up?

And what if Zoe doesn’t keep her promise, or accidentally lets slip that Martin left his post?

In a brief, early scene, we see Gemma and Greg interact, and it’s clear that he’s extremely possessive and controlling.

However, does that necessarily mean that he’d kidnap or even murder Gemma?

The five-part series Viewpoint will air over five nights, from Monday 26th until Friday 30th April, on ITV, with episodes available for catch up on the ITV Hub. Check out what else is on with our TV Guide or our dedicated Drama hub.  

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Mon, 26 Apr 2021 17:00:00 +0100

ITV police surveillance drama Viewpoint feels plodding at first, but it's also a timely post-lockdown watch

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Read on for our full review

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ITV’s police surveillance drama feels plodding in places, but it’s also a timely post-lockdown watch.

Viewpoint, starring Noel Clarke, isn’t exactly what you’d call a “thriller”. The show’s action is catalysed by a female teacher’s disappearance, yet somehow the gravity of that scenario doesn’t come across on-screen (or at least not during the first two episodes).

The drama initially feels low-stakes, and that’s in part due to the central focus on a police surveillance team. Their role is to spy on potential suspects and report back to the higher-ups. It’s not their place to question why they’re watching someone, or even ask what crime the suspect might have committed. Their opinion (or rather, ‘viewpoint’) doesn’t matter.

They’re kept in the dark, quite literally. Half the time we’re squinting at characters sitting in darkened rooms, peering through gaps in a window blind. If we learn any developments about the missing person case, it’s not through our central character, DC Martin Young (Noel Clarke in the Viewpoint cast), a quiet, traumatised detective, who finds that sitting silently in dark rooms suits him just fine.

While the first two episodes feel distinctly plodding, Clarke’s performance elevates what is otherwise a slow-burn series. I was reminded of Clarke’s short but scene-stealing turn in Stark Trek: Into Darkness, when he conveyed quiet despair (and later grim determination) through a single look.

In Viewpoint, everything we see is filtered through Martin’s gaze. He decides where to point his long-lens camera, and his narrowed eyes or pursed lips silently convey the importance of what we’re looking at.

It’s also through Martin that we meet our other central character, Zoe Sterling (Alexandra Roach), a gregarious single mother who lives in a tight-knit Manchester community. Martin sets up an observation post in Zoe’s flat, which directly overlooks the home that missing teacher Gemma shares with her boyfriend Greg, the prime suspect in her disappearance.

While Zoe initially seems sweet and bumbling, she is in fact a secret voyeur, already well aware of (and titillated by) the excellent viewpoint into her neighbours’ homes.

This series is at its best when it highlights the tension between private and public lives, or hones in on the everyday moments that play out when we think no one is watching. Zoe goes to extreme lengths, but her fascination with the comings and goings on her street feels timely. Over lockdown, many of us will have become better-acquainted with our neighbours’ habits. Residents watched each other from their windows, or passed judgement on those who appeared to bend lockdown rules. 

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Of course, just because post-lockdown viewers might relate to aspects of a TV drama, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll want to watch it. As restrictions slowly lift, viewers might be looking for entertainment that distracts rather than reminds them of lockdown.

Viewpoint is intentionally intimate, even claustrophobic, and Martin’s monotonous nights trapped inside a single, cramped room may feel too close for comfort.

The five-part series Viewpoint will air over five nights, from Monday 26th until Friday 30th April, on ITV. Check out what else is on with our TV Guide or our dedicated Drama hub.  

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